Today is Work-in-Progress Wednesday. I have so many works in progress that I would need a month (or two) of Wednesdays to show them all. Home Sweet Home is a theme swirling in my head right now. I decided it was time to test a few of my ideas on fabric. Some of these patterns are already tutorials: See Row Houses HERE, The Townhouse HERE and The Picket Fence HERE. I am trying to incorporate more lettering in my quilting as well. I like the personal touch it can add. Read more about lettering HERE.
This is a very preliminary piece where I tried to stitch out some of my ideas. I also incorporated a few of the doodles from my notebook. Once I choose a theme for a quilt, I go back and forth between stitching and doodling. Some of the doodles do not translate well to stitching. Whenever possible, I create continuous line designs from my sketches. (Continuous line designs allow quilters to stitch without stopping and knotting. ) Once I have several motifs worked out, I will begin a large quilt. I never totally pre-plan all of my free motion quilting. Most of it is spontaneous-using all of my samples (many of which are in the tutorials above.)
I’d love to hear how you dive into a large project. Do you stitch, doodle, stitch, doodle like me? Do you follow a pattern? Do you stitch a quilt from beginning to end or do you work on several projects at a time?
I am fascinated by the creative process and will be writing more about it in the weeks ahead.
If you would like to share your projects, please send a photo to my e-mail: Lckennedy@hotmail.com. I will be setting up a Flickr group for all of us to share photos… on My September To Do List